Saturday, August 23, 2008

Should public school kids be "paid" for good behavior and grades? Ask Washington DC

Should public school kids be paid for good behavior and earning good grades in school? District of Columbia Schools Michelle A. Rhee is planning to reward up to 3000 middle school kids for attendance, good behavior, and grades at 14 schools with cash. The story appeared Friday, Aug. 22 on the front of the Washington Post, and is authored by V. Dion Haynes and Michael Birnbaum. The story is titled “D.C. Tries Cash as Motivator in School: Initiative Is Aimed at Middle Grades,” link here.

Paying students for what they should go anyway, when they get a public school education on a public dime?

I wonder what teachers think of this.

I did “earn” a chemistry scholarship in 1961 with a competitive examination at William and Mary, but the benefits of such would be lost by what followed, as documented on my other blogs.

Update: Aug. 27, 2008

The Washington Post today has an editorial on p A12, "Bribery or Motivation: Let's give cash incentives for D.C. middle school students a chance," link here. The Post, echoing arguments of Harvard Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr., says that upper middle class kids already are "indirectly bribed" to see the benefits of good performance in school. Poorer kids might learn from the opportunity to handle a little money. Is this what Sunday School used to call "bribery bridge"?

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